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Connecticut Lawmakers Might Turn Down Volume At Movie Theaters

Moviegoers watch a film in a theater. (credit: Getty Images)

Moviegoers watch a film in a theater. (credit: Getty Images)

HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — Ever go to a movie and leave with your ears ringing because the sound was so loud?

Lawmakers on the Connecticut General Assembly’s Public Safety and Security Committee are being asked to decide whether movie theaters statewide should be required to project sound levels no louder than 85 decibels, WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reported.

“Having gone to the theater recently with a couple of special effects and loud music and, depending on where you sat, I would be safe to say it has been exceedingly loud,” state Rep. Tony Hwang, R-Fairfield, told Schneidau.

But some lawmakers, including Hwang, said they fear government could be stepping on artistic license by regulating how loud the soundtrack in theaters can be.

“My initial reservation of this is the fact that how are we going to regulate artistic form and music and sound,” Hwang said.

The Public Safety Committee was was scheduled to hear testimony on the proposal Tuesday.

A decibel is a unit used to explain the intensity of a sound wave.The Occupational Safety and Health Administration allows workers to be exposed to 90 decibels over eight hours.

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